PETALING JAYA - Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak have served letters of demand on online news portal Malaysiakini and two of its senior staff members - editor-in-chief Steven Gan and chief editor Fathi Aris Omar - over two allegedly defamatory articles published on Wednesday.
The letters of demand, which were served on Thursday, referred to two articles carried by the portal - "A case of the PM reaping what he sows" and "How much Najib spends to keep Terengganu" - which they claimed contained several defamatory comments.
Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun, who is counsel for both Umno and Najib, said the alleged defamatory comments could be construed to mean that his clients were not competent to function as the leaders of the Government, had zero integrity and were unethical.
He added that the comments could also be construed to mean that both Umno and Najib were racists, had no moral values, had conspired against the nation in bad practice, were corrupt and had abused their powers.
He said the articles had a negative impact on Najib and Umno, had spread hatred, contempt and ridicule and ruined their credibility.
He said Najib and Umno were demanding that Malaysiakini publish an unconditional written apology and withdraw the articles.